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The Ouse Burn Way

Wed – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Farrell Centre

The Ouse Burn Way is a proposal that the Reece Foundation have initiated, realised with Ryder Architecture, in response to the foundation's interest in the environmental conditions of the Ouse Burn and the river Letch. Their findings are presented in in Farrell Centre's Urban Rooms, together with a film, specially commissioned for the display.

The Ouse Burn Way is a proposed seven-mile trail that will connect communities with nature. It follows the Ouse Burn from its mouth at the River Tyne in the Lower Ouseburn Valley to Weetslade Country Park and beyond. It also includes improvements to the River Letch, which connects Longbenton in the east to the Ouse Burn and a proposed western extension, linking to Newcastle Great Park in the north west.

After commissioning Newcastle University to deliver a study of both rivers, the Foundation and Ryder Architecture have created an aspirational programme that looks to improve the current degradation of these environments as well as creating an accessible corridor strategy with positive community opportunities. This display illustrates the problems that need to be addressed, the potential of the Ouse Burn and the Letch as a recreational resource for the residents of Tyne and Wear, whilst highlighting the need for multiagency involvement to make it a reality.

The Reece Foundation are keen to know visitors’ thoughts about the proposal, and there is an opportunity within the display to contribute.